07/31/14 2:43pm
Friendship Firehouse

Friendship Firehouse by Wayne Thume, on Flickr

The annual Friendship Firehouse Festival will include vendor and exhibit displays on the street in front of the firehouse, and tours of the firehouse museum. The Alexandria Fire Department will have fire engines, fire trucks and a medic unit on display. There will also be a cake cutting ceremony, delicious cake, and free fire helmets for the children, All in celebration of Friendship‘s 240th birthday. Free! 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Friendship Firehouse is located at 105 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or call 703.746.4994.

07/31/14 1:05pm

ICYMI, Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing is THIS weekend and will take place August 1-3, 2014.

During this three-day period, customers will not be charged the state and local retail sales tax on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less each. This includes items like pencils, pens, binders, paints, musical instruments and calculators, as well as pants, shirts, formal wear, shoes, flip-flops, and even uniforms.

Del Ray Variety Store is taking the tax free holiday a step further and is also paying the sales tax on the ENTIRE STORE as well! In other words, NO SALES TAX on ANYTHING at Del Ray Variety this weekend!!! As a bonus, they are giving 10% of all Back To School supply sales to the school of your choice.

The store is located at 203 East Custis Ave in Del Ray. For more information, visit them online at this link or on Facebook at this link.

Del Ray Variety is going completely tax free during Virginia's 2014 sales tax holiday
07/31/14 11:43am

West Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia should be re-opened soon.

This is an update to this post, this post, and this post.

Back in 2008, the City of Alexandria closed West Street between King Street and Cameron Street for some sewer work. The same section of street was closed again this spring and summer so that crews can install a more efficient Diversion Chamber and CSO Screen.

As you can see from the photo above, the sewer work has been completed and crews are working on the curbs currently and still have repaving and other touch up items to do.  A City staffer on site told me that this section of West Street would be re-opened Monday, Tuesday at the latest.

07/31/14 10:48am

Artfully Chocolate Wine Bar Bistro in Alexandria, Virginia

Join Sommelier Andrew Stover at Artfully Chocolate Bistro & Wine Bar for his USA road trip wine tasting paired to Artisan Confections. Stop by and sip from 5:00 -7:00 PM on TONIGHT! Artfully Chocolate Bistro is located at 506 John Carlyle Street in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria.

Features wines include:

  • Sawtooth Riesling, Idaho
  • Two Ponds Sauvignon Blanc, Washington
  • Detour Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Sawtooth ‘Skyline’ Cabernet/Merlot, Idaho
07/31/14 10:25am

Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 & Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

An Old Town Alexandria institution, Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 and the Hotel Monaco Alexandria has resumed this year, offering specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions. Dog-lovers can peruse items from local pet boutiques and learn about pet services in the area. 15% of proceeds benefit P.A.L. (People. Animals. Love.).

TIME: 5:00 PM
: Free
LOCATION: Jackson 20 and Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

For more community events, visit our community events calendar.

07/31/14 10:17am

Nando’s Peri Peri, which offers awesome butterfly-cut flame-grilled chicken, is located at 702 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia and is having a fundraiser TODAY in support of Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria.

You can view their menu at this link. Want to skip the line? Order online at this link.

Nando's Peri Peri is holding a fundraiser today in support of Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia

(H/T Action Alexandria)